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Abby has a vet appt today for a split nail

 

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I've heard they can just pop off the nail with no anesthesia, is that true?

Not sure what I'm in for this afternoon.


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Ouch.

Sometimes it's like popping the tail off a shrimp and a little bit of soft tissue remains.

I hope it's an easy repair for Abby.


 

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Take her muzzle with you. If needed, it will be more comfortable than the vet's in-house muzzles.


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I'm shocked, the recommendation was to leave it alone, and let the bottom fall off by itself. The top is still partially protecting the quick.

I'm so shocked, I'm contemplating getting a second opinion.


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Given her lifestyle, I would think taking it off is the safer option. Definitely some protection is warranted, imo. You might duck tape it together (really, not sarcastically).

 

A second opinion might be good too.


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Sounds to me like you have a knowledgeable & experienced vet! My first thought when I seen it was 'well if they leave it alone it will probably just fall off on its own and heal up." Been there done that. I am sure you won't have any trouble finding a vet that will be happy to "do" a bunch of feel good stuff, however to me it would seem a shame without at least giving it a chance to heal less traumatically on its own. It may take 3 weeks (or not) but if you just leave it alone it has been my experience that it will just fall off and heal up fine. I did keep Cash's foot bandaged to protect it and so she didn't get hurt by things touching it. In the beginning it is indeed very painful but that gets a lot better as long as you keep it protected and let it heal. Let us know how she goes :)

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Its been a couple weeks, here is where we are now. There was a lot of bleeding early on which subsided after a little more than a week. The lower half fell off the second week, and the top half sometime recently.

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12 hours ago, Jeff said:

Its been a couple weeks, here is where we are now. There was a lot of bleeding early on which subsided after a little more than a week. The lower half fell off the second week, and the top half sometime recently.

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Thanks for the update! That's what I figured would happen. I don't know if a toenail will actually grow back, and if it does it may be a little narly hehe but there should be no pain or loss of function or any problems. My working dog has a toe like this and a nub of a nail is there and thats it.  Absolutely no problem. Just one less toenail to cut :)

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Bea has a toe similar to Abby’s. No prob for her and the nail hasn’t grown back. 

Thanks for updating us! 


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Lola tore off one of her dewclaws. She has a similar stump. The nail never grew back.


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